The future is so bright for Seth Rogen that he’s going to need Aviator sunglasses. He’ll also need a taser and an ill-fitting pair of Dickie’s to step into the role of a mall rent-a-cop in the tentatively titled Observe and Report. Of course, it’s weird to say that his future is bright when, you know, his present is pretty blinding as well.
He has a host of hit comedies behind him, and he’s slated in several projects that are either currently shooting or will start shooting this fall. In addition to his hopefully mustachioed rent-a-cop, Rogen will be hitting the stand-up circuit with Adam Sandler for a forthcoming Apatow picture and fighting hard to get his “Green Hornet” adaptation green lit from the studio.
Rogen sat down with the sexy team over at ComingSoon and hashed out his future plans.
According to Rogen, his and co-writer Evan Goldberg’s Hornet project blends humor and action while ultimately looking at the dynamic between a hero and his sidekick.
“For years Evan and I have been toying with this notion of a movie that explores the hero/sidekick relationship and what is a hero without a sidekick and what is a sidekick without a hero. It’s actually a dynamic that applies to many real life situations – a lot of working dynamics, a lot of bosses and their underlings,” Rogen said.
He also speculates on having Jet Li or Stephen Chow as Kato, but stop short of saying anything definite since the studio hasn’t given the go-ahead yet.
As for his continuing relationship with Judd Apatow, he starts filming this fall on an untitled project where he and Adam Sandler play struggling stand-up comedians. Regarding the nature of the film, Rogen makes a claim about dramedies that I’ve thought for a long time:
“It definitely has more dramatic elements than any of the other movies do, but in my head it’s just as funny as the other ones. That term I always found weird. I always thought realistic was a better way to explain things that were dramedies because life is like that. It’s funny, it’s dramatic.”
Both interviews are fantastic. To check them out, head over to Comingsoon.net.
Like most of the free world, I love Apatow projects, but I’m getting a little worn thin on them since they seem to crop up about as often as my rent notice. And I hate my rent notice. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rogen can do with Kevin Smith, and what he and Apatow can do when trying to keep things more dramatic. Although, I can’t be the only one that has some trepidation with accepting Rogen himself as The Green Hornet, can I?